Author Charlie Newton has been writing about cops for years. He writes fiction (police thrillers) and his books have done well. So one day he got an idea; Why not teach cops to write stories themselves, about their own lives? He started teaching a fiction course at the Chicago Police Department.
Marie Racine Montilla is a violin player and teacher. She’s spent the past three years working in Venezuela’s highly successful classical music education program called El Sistema. Also: The elections are past, and newly elected officials are preparing to get to work. Ann Zellmer’s story is a kind of worst case scenario of what can happen after the election.And: Reflections on beauty pageants.
Rachel Richardson was in grad school last year, and had a big paper due. She started procrastinating and was perusing a Goodwill art auction site when a painting of a blond haired, blue-eyed woman caught her eye. She googled the artist’s name, Paul Wesley Arndt, and found another website, with a 13-year-old note from Evelyn Wehr. Evelyn was looking for a portrait of her mother, painted by the artist almost 50 years ago. Also: The recycling program at Mark Twain Elementary School in Long Beach, CA. Sounds much easier than it actually was.
Albert Smith was a drug dealer for more than twenty years in Oakland. But this past year, he has made a big change. He’s stopped dealing and he’s training to do solar panel sales and installation. Also in this episode, Deborah Dunbar, who works in Flint, Michigan as a machinist.
Musician Boston Fielder has music in his blood; his Uncle Baldy was one of Elvis’ first musical influences. Boston's band MuthaWit just released a new album called “Men & Women or la Revenge de Uncle Baldy.”Also: “Freddie Sez" is the unofficial mascot of the New York Yankees. At nearly every game, he bangs pots and pans and revs up the crowd. Freddy’s Yankee celebrity even helped him reconnect with his estranged son Cliff.
As Fashion Week wrapped up last week, pictures of the spring collections were everywhere. For the first time in 22 years, Eric Gaskins attended the shows not as a New York designer but instead, as his alter ego Fluff Chance, one of the fashion world's sharpest bloggers.
When Ken Imhoff watched the movie "Cannonball Run" in 1985, there was one thing he couldn't get out of his mind: that Lamborghini. The self-professed car junkie and engineer couldn't afford to buy a Lamborghini, so he built one in the basement of his house in Wisconsin.
While working for the U.N., Patrick McGrann observed that people need more than jobs and stability - they also need to have fun. He talks with Dick about where he got the idea to teach children in refugee camps to make kites. Patrick says the kites lift kids' spirits - and give them a way to earn some money.